Monday, July 4, 2011

Why I Love NASCAR: America

NASCAR pays homage to the U.S. Military during pre-race festivities.
Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR
Happy 4th of July NASCAR fans! This time of year allows for an overabundance of emotion for the United States of America. But it is comforting for me to know that any time I turn on a NASCAR event I am surrounded by symbols, traditions, and all types of Americana no matter what the date on the calendar.

Attending a live NASCAR race is always an exhilarating experience. What I noticed first and foremost was that all around me, on people’s cars, trailers, motor homes, backpacks, tee shirts, and hats, were American flags proudly displayed. They flapped majestically in the wind, standing higher than the Dale Earnhardt flag (or any other driver’s flag) it was being flown in tandem. NASCAR races always include the performance of the National Anthem. The opening strains of The Star Spangled Banner begin and every driver, crewman, wife/girlfriend, and audience member is standing, saluting, or putting his/her hand over his/her heart. It is a sight to behold and one that I cherish. In addition, a flyover is commissioned to coincide with the playing of the National Anthem, a lovely touch that makes NASCAR races extra special in the sporting world.

NASCAR teams have a healthy relationship with the United States Armed Forces. All branches of the military have a presence on cars in the field. In many instances the VIPs of the race are usually men and/or women who have recently returned from active duty serving our great country. NASCAR proudly honors the fighting men and women in our military and does so unapologetically.

NASCAR, a uniquely American sport, delivers its fans high-octane entertainment all season long while also preserving and fostering a strong relationship with America’s Armed Forces. By keeping the military in the forefront of the consciousness of its fans, teams, and sponsors, America’s Armed Forces connection to NASCAR remains strong. NASCAR’s unparalleled dedication to its American values, traditions, and faith is yet another reason why I love NASCAR.

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